This is part of a series called "Harry Potter At Home". Celebrities will take turns reading chapters from the first book. These include Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning among others
The wizarding world of Harry Potter is making a comeback because there is no spell to make Coronavirus vanish. While sitting at home can get boring and tiring, we are doing our bit to curb the spread, it seems like the magical gods have heard our prayers because Harry Potter himself is coming to read the first book to us to keep our quarantine blues away. Yes, you read that right. This is part of a series called Harry Potter at Home. According to CNN, Daniel Radcliffe is one of several celebrities who will be reading chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to keep us entertained. J.K. Rowling's popular book in the series will see one celebrity reading out one chapter in the book.
Surprise! We've got a treat for you…From today, amazing friends of the Wizarding World are going to take turns reading Harry Potter book one.— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) May 5, 2020
And to start us off with Chapter 1, we think you’ll agree we have the perfect narrator...⚡️ #HarryPotterAtHome
Variety reports that Rowling announced seven readers for the special event on Twitter today: Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni, and Eddie Redmayne. Radcliffe, 30, kickstarted The Sorcerer's Stone, also known as The Philosopher's Stone outside the US, by reading the first chapter titled "The Boy Who Lived." It sparked joy to hear Radcliffe read, "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much," from his couch in a video that was released.
For now, only Radcliffe from the original cast has been announced, and Fantastic Beasts stars Eddie Redmayne and Claudia Kim will also be reading a chapter each. Noma Dumezweni, who played Hermione Granger in the Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will also lend her voice. Celebrities that aren't a part of the wizarding world, like Dakota Fanning and David Beckham will be reading, too. Honestly, we don't mind these particular Muggles making an appearance. With one chapter's reading done, we have 16 more to look forward to! These chapters will be read weekly on the wizarding world website and will be also available on Spotify.
And that's not all! Over the coming weeks, we’re going to be joined by other familiar faces reading all 17 chapters of Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone. https://t.co/1IPDxcS9mv— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) May 5, 2020
The website states: Harry Potter At Home is our way of bringing the magic into people’s homes, casting a Banishing Charm on boredom. These special video readings are just one of the many things you can do at home with us, whether alone or with your friends or family. Our new Harry Potter At Home project is very much a team effort, combining the resources of Harry Potter UK and US publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic, Pottermore Publishing, leading spoken-word producer and provider Audible, our numerous library suppliers, library supplier OverDrive, streaming platform Spotify, and of course, our very own magic-makers here at WizardingWorld.com.
"Parents, teachers and carers working to keep children amused and interested while we're on lockdown might need a bit of magic," Rowling said at the time of the launch of the initiative. This was developed by Wizarding World Digital and Rowling’s agency, the Blair Partnership, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the help of partners including Warner Bros., Bloomsbury, Scholastic, and Pottermore Publishing. While everyone is happy to have the book read out to them, one person nostalgically pointed out that it would have been really nice to have Alan Rickman read, too.
Understandably, a lot of people were excited about this new series being read to them. Here's what some of them had to say:
Harry Potter reading his own story "The Boy Who Lived"— Shruti (@Shrutipatel_12) May 5, 2020
Yeah the Witch and Wizards are secretly celebrating for Him and so are the Muggles for Daniel Radcliffe😍#HarryPotterAtHome pic.twitter.com/Tpfb5aS0bD
the way i sobbed watching daniel radcliffe reading harry potter and the way i'm sobbing right now wishing i could also see and hear alan rickman doing the same #HarryPotterAtHome pic.twitter.com/V1mDekt09E— strawberry gabri (@sherlwatson) May 5, 2020
I’m happy to share this Harry Potter drawing features in the first Harry Potter At Home Reading video series launched today! Visit https://t.co/oefppX3Xhc to watch Daniel Radcliffe read Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived @WizardingWorld #HarryPotterAtHome pic.twitter.com/QvgAN7ORpn— Caroline Cohen Ring (@c_cohenring) May 5, 2020